The town of Woodstock, Virginia was founded in 1761 under the name Muellerstadt (Miller Town) after its founder, Jacob Miller. Woodstock is not only one of the oldest towns in the Shenandoah Valley, but it is the fourth oldest town in Virginia. It is in a church in Woodstock that General Peter Muhlenberg of the Continental Army raised a regiment in the Shenandoah Valley. In 1795, Thomas Jefferson designed the courthouse, which was built on Main Street, using locally quarried limestone.
Today: Woodstock is the county seat of Shenandoah County, and has been since 1772. Although the town may be small, it has an active population of about 5,000 that is involved in many community events throughout the year.
7East Art Gallery- A group of VECCA artists opened the gallery doors in December 2003 in an effort to bring a variety of fine quality art into the local Woodstock community. The gallery showcases a variety of art pieces including photographs, sculptures, graphic design, paintings, and much more.
Cary’s Studio- With some of her pieces also displayed in the 7East Gallery, Cary’s Studio houses several of Cary Sober’s abstract acrylic paintings. The artist with 30 years of experience also specializes in photograph, pottery jewelry, and woodworks. To see the studio or meet with the artist send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a private studio tour.
Distinctive Art Designs- With inspiration drawn from the wildlife of the Shenandoah Mountains, Roberta Demski is a natural when it comes to painting. She has much experience in creating specially commissioned artwork pieces for local businesses around town. To receive a tour of her gallery, please email the artist at email@example.com
Historic Wickham House- Part of the Woodstock Museum, this 18th century log home with clapboard siding situated in the center of a block in downtown Historic Woodstock. It is located behind the Old Shenandoah County Courthouse, and once briefly served as a courthouse itself. The property is used as a “house museum” to depict the rooms of 18th and 19th century style homes.
Masterworks Chorus- In an effort to promote choral music through performance, education, and community involvement in the Shenandoah Valley, the Masterworks Chorus holds concerts throughout the year to Shenandoah Valley residents. All ticket sales are used to fund the program.
Shenandoah County Courthouse- Set in the center of historic Woodstock, the Shenandoah County Courthouse was designed by Thomas Jefferson and built in 1795. Several Civil War soldiers, including Generals Banks, Fremont, Hunter, Early and Ewell, visited the courthouse. It is currently the oldest courthouse still in use within the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Woodstock Museum- The Woodstock Museum is housed in two 18th century homes - a dressed limestone structure known as the Marshall House, & log home referred to as the Wickham House. The two houses display Civil War artifacts, local pottery, frakturs, tools, local furniture, and all the features of 18th, 19th and early 20th century life.
Dorothy Brown’s- This shop specializes in selling antique furniture and home décor. Stop in and find hidden gems that will be the perfect additions to your home.
Glenn’s Log Art- If you are looking to purchase a piece of unique art, look no further. Carefully carved and painted, these non-traditional folk art pieces will be sure to wow any crowd. The owner also specializes in custom signage, garden gates, carved and rustic landscape elements.
Mowery Orchard- Family owned and operated since 1985, this orchard specializes in growing seasonal fruits and veggies. Starting in April, the orchard sells homegrown asparagus, cabbage, cantaloupe, peppers, potatoes, and much more. During the fall, fresh apple cider, winter squash, pumpkins, and Indian corn can be purchased.
Spring Hollow Antiques- With its doors open since 1986, this home shop specializes in selling antique American country furniture and accessories in early and original conditions. Some other products carried in the store include walnut and southern pine furniture, Victorian and vintage jewelry, stoneware and redware pottery, textiles, quilts, coverlets, folk art, and much more.
Valley Ballooning- Experience the sights of the Valley in a unique way by soaring up the sky in a hot air balloon. Valley Ballooning offers hour-long flights where guests can see the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Appalachian Mountains, and the Seven Bends of the Shenandoah River.
Valley Treasures- Open Monday-Thursday from 10 AM-6 PM, come out and see what treasures you can find at this mini-market of over 75 booths!
Joe’s Steakhouse- With Woodstock serving as the restaurant’s first home, Joe’s Steakhouse offers diners sizzling specialty cuts of steak, fresh seafood, and classic pasta. Come in and try entrées such as the Skyline Chicken, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, and Prime Rib.
Seven Bends Restaurant- Rated as a hidden gem by locals, the Seven Bends Restaurant is famous for their southern breakfasts. If you are in the mood for fresh hash browns, sweet smoked bacon, and biscuits with creamy sausage gravy, you have come to the right place.
Shaffer’s Catering and Barbecue- Ever since 1952, Shaffer’s has been serving Shenandoah Valley locals their famous chicken, beef, and pork barbecue. In 1990, the restaurant expanded their business by opening a full catering kitchen and deli. Some of the items on their menu include a selection of hot and cold appetizers, picnic items, homemade deli salads, freshly baked pies, and homemade desserts.
Spring House Tavern- Whether you are looking to grab a quick bite to eat or share a plate of wings with the gang, Spring House Tavern is the place to be. Some of the restaurant’s most recommended dishes include the Tavern Chili, Big Pig BBQ, and Bacon Bleu Burger.
Tony’s Italian Restaurant & Pizza- Located in the Shenandoah Square Shopping Center, Tony’s Italian Restaurant & Pizza is a great choice for a date night. Choose from delicious seafood dishes, pasta combinations, and creamy Italian desserts in this fine dining restaurant.
Woodstock Café- For “great food, unique gifts, and pleasant company” come enjoy elegant dishes from the Woodstock Café. Every Friday, the café offers Jean’s famous She Crab Soup along with several other specials. While there, be sure to check out their bakery where you can purchase a box of Strides donuts to take home to the whole family.
With the ability to zoom in and out, pan, and identify certain parcels, the Woodstock GIS is similar to working with detailed version of Google Maps. A GIS is set up with several layers built into the system for example: flood plains, school districts, parks, civil war battle fields, etc … you can activate the layers you want to see that are impacting a particular property you are researching. Where the parcel boundaries are outlined on the GIS is not one hundred percent reliable so in no way should this be used in place of a survey. It does however serve as a tremendous reference and you do have the ability to use the measuring tool to get rough measurements if you need to. If the aerial photography layer is active you can see the location of structures on any particular lot.
Woodstock zoning districts are defined by how a particular property is intended to be used and the regulation that goes along with the district. There are ten different zoning districts throughout the town of Woodstock. The most common Residential Districts are listed below. If you are interested in reading more into the specifics of the entire Woodstock County Zoning Code, click here.
R-1 Low Density Residential – This district is intended to encourage a suitable environment for family life; one, which will blend with existing development. The district will permit residential and related uses in somewhat rural areas; development that will have to depend upon on-site water and sewer facilities. Low-density residential areas will mainly develop in clusters.
R-2 Medium-Density Residential – This district will provide for residential areas of a moderate density in sections of the County where development is occurring and is likely to occur. Areas for various housing types, along with certain residentially related uses will be provided. This type of district will be limited to areas around the more developed centers of the County.
R-3 High Density Residential – This district will provide the highest residential density in the County. Multifamily dwellings (apartments) and townhouses, along with residentially related uses are permitted. It is intended that these areas be concentrated only around existing major development centers in the County; i.e., the towns and sanitary districts where various services and facilities are readily available.
Residents of Woodstock are welcome to dispose of household bagged trash and discarded materials free of charge, except for tires, construction debris, and rough materials. Those who are commercial or industrial customers will be charged $36.00 per ton of regular commercial trash. A drop-off recycling facility is also onsite, where items such as cardboard, magazines, newspapers, glass, steal cans, and aluminum are eligible for collection. The landfill is located at 349 Landfill Road Edinburg, Virginia. The landfill is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM and can be reached at (540) 984-8573.
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